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Congrats to Octavia Spencer!

Octavia Spencer won Best Supporting Actress at the Academy Awards for her stellar performance in "The Help." When asked how she felt about her experience of working with The Help, she stated,"It’s rare that you have the type of ensemble that we had. We left our egos at the door and worked as one beautiful unit. I’m a benefactor of all of the riches that the real-life Minnys, Aibileens and Celias basically reaped. I’m very humble because I get to stand here and accept this award, and I haven’t really done anything."


Listen to the press room interview after her win: http://soundcloud.com/cherienic/octavia-spencer-best


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Janet Hubert calls out Wendy Williams!
Fresh Prince of Bel Air's Janet Hubert who played the first "Aunt Vivian" wrote a letter to Wendy WIlliams, calling her out on the things she says and does on her show. Speaking specifically on Whitney Houston, Janet Hubert said Wendy "crucified" her while she was alive.

"How do you sleep at night knowing that you are one of the biggest bullies in the world disguised as Hot Topics?  Celebrities are not topics we are people, just like everyone else, we hurt and we hear and we bleed real blood, not fake blood, just as you do."

Read the entire letter to Wendy here.
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New Aaliyah Movie! I can't Wait!
Keshia Chante speaks on the updates for the Aaliyah movie. See the full Interview here!!
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Country Star Miranda Lambert vs. Chris Brown
Country Star Miranda Lambert got into a full blown twitter war with Chris Brown, tweeting that he should listen to her song, "Gunpowder and Lead" which is about a woman plotting to kill her abusive husband. She took it a step further during her concert Thursday in Massachesetts when she held up a sign that read, "Take Notes Chris Brown." Then she told the audience, "I just have to speak my mind, because where I come from, beating up on a woman is never OK. So that’s why my daddy taught me early on in life how to use a shotgun." Chris Brown fires back in a series of tweets. "Using my name to get publicity? I love it! Perform your heart out!"

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Month to Month Footage of Beyonce's "Pregnancy"



I've been saying this all along!!! I'm with you all the way up until the "Illuminati" ideas.
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Gotta Love Denzel!!

Denzel Returns to South Africa in 'Safe House' with Ryan Reynolds


*In the nail biting, riveting movie, “Safe House,” opening February 10, Denzel Washington plays “the CIA’s legendary and most dangerous traitor,” Tobin Frost. Frost is also described as the “world’s most skillful assassin.” One can never say that Washington isn’t always at his level best. Like “The Spy Who Came in from the Cold,” Frost surfaces in South Africa, where he is remanded to a Safe House.

After the Safe House is blown to smithereens its housekeeper, Matt Weston (Ryan Reynolds), helps Frost to escape brutal mercenaries that are after him. Washington and Reynolds made a pit stop in New York this past weekend and took up residence at the Mandarin Oriental Hotel to discuss their latest project together. I started off by asking the two of them if they became more leery of the country’s security mechanisms being compromised after this movie, or were they always suspicious that some shenanigans were taking place.

DENZEL WASHINGTON: Why, what goes on in the government circles [Laughs]? Ryan Reynolds, who is sitting next to him, laughs also.

DW: Yeah, years ago even prior to 9/11 I did a movie called the Siege. I did a lot of research on the FBI and the CIA and I was amazed at that time. I guess we all know it now, how little information they shared with each other. So after that, I’m not surprised by anything.

RYAN REYNOLDS: It’s not what we know that’s terrifying; it’s what we don’t know. I think it’s sort of pervasive with everything in life really. But yeah, I’m sure a book  or two could be written on what really goes on.

The fight scenes were really intense. Were there any mishaps?

RR: We had a couple of rounds that we went which I practically had to wear an adult diaper [Washington laughs uproarious]. I’ve seen Hurricane (referring to Washington’s role as Hurricane Carter). Great, now I have to fight him. Terrific.

Did anyone get hurt?

DW: Ryan gave me a black eye.

RR: I did.

DW: Yeah, there’s a scene where I reach over and try to choke him when I had the handcuffs on and we were flying around in the car. He wasn’t actually driving the car; it was being controlled by someone else so it just happened as I was reaching forward he was flying back and ‘Pow!’

RR: And that was the beginning of my early retirement [Washington laughs]. Ok, I have given Denzel Wahsington a black eye, so it was time to go home. That first look you gave me after it happened, I just—

DW: It was a real look.

RR: Yeah, it was definitely very real.

DW: I was like, what the— [we all can imagine what word comes next].

RR: It was weird to feel my face on fire.

DW: That was strange. I had never had a black eye in my life, you know. But can’t say that anymore.

RR: I’m glad I was your first. If it was going to be anybody, let it be an apologetic Canadian.

Denzel, can you describe the water-boarding scene?

The water boarding was close to real and I really wanted to get into it to see what it felt like. It doesn’t feel good. You’ll give up the answers.

RR: That was the most disturbing thing I had ever seen watching him do the water boarding was really disturbing.

DW: Yeah, it was a trip. I wanted to see what it really feels like and I certainly did.

Having done ‘Cry Freedom’ years ago, Denzel, could you talk about the current state of affairs in South Africa?

DW:  When we shot ‘Cry Freedom’ I wasn’t even allowed in South Africa. They told me I could come but I wasn’t going to leave. I had a lot death threats at that time. So we shot in Zimbabwe. In 1995 I had the privilege and the honor to meet Desmond Tutu and Nelson Mandela the same day; breakfast with Desmond Tutu and lunch with Nelson Mandela. Then, I had the good fortune to have Mr. Mandela actually come to my house in California.  There is a whole new generation from what was there in ’89, ’91 so you got twenty year-olds that only heard about it. I saw this show on television and they were talking about South Africa now and it had kids with Valley accents because of the Internet and the information age that we’re in. They are exposed to so much more.

At the same time I still saw a lot of psychological damage. I met a woman there, a very, very fair-skinned woman who was studying psychology. She lived in an area over by the coast, Seacrest, and her mother was Black. Her father was Jewish but in order for her mother to live in that neighborhood, she had to act like she was the maid. They kept the charade up for twenty years. Now imagine the psychological damage it did not only to the mother but also to the daughter. So, there will continue to be psychological scars for years to come.

However, Cape Town is like Santa Monica on steroids. It’s one of the most beautiful towns you’ve ever seen but it’s still set up the old way. You go ten miles inland where the townships are and they are still there. They are helping to build some of them up. It was also interesting talking to an elderly man who built a nice house for himself in the township. So it was like, ‘Why are you living here in the township? Why not move towards the beach?’ He said, ‘Oh no, I don’t trust these people. They might change their minds.’ He was more comfortable there because that was where he grew up. I was quite surprised about Langa. You would think that it’s all just slums, but they had three and four bedroom homes on an acre of land. It’s an area an area they were allowed to live so people decided to stay there.

RR: Langa is one of the oldest townships in South Africa but it’s just teeming with joy. The people there are just incredibly happy given the horrendous circumstances in which they are living. If you’re from the United and you go over there, you can’t believe what you’re seeing.

DW: Langa is so big, it’s not like you can call 911 and the police show up. So they police themselves. We were driving back from the set to the base camp and the women were making all these sounds while these men were walking around this one guy. A man had a big stick and he was whipping the guy. I asked my driver, Jack, ‘What are they doing?’ He said, ‘They’re putting him in his place.’ I said, ‘Whoa! What do you think he did?’ He said it was something related to the women and I said, ‘Well, why doesn’t he run?’  He said, ‘They will kill him if he tries to run. They will stone him.’ So, that still exists, but you can get Direct TV.

RR: Yeah, you get ‘Everybody Loves Raymond.’

DW: Yeah, that’s the weirdest thing seeing the Kardashians in Langa [he and Ryan have a big laugh].

Ryan, what drew you to this story?

Obviously, the reason I really wanted to do the film was to work with, what I think is the greatest actor working in Hollywood today, Denzel. That was a huge impetus. I just love the idea that my character is sort of slowly disillusioned with everything that he believes in. It’s the slow disintegration of God and country for him and that’s sort of what means everything to this guy and watching that be peeled away slowly, measure by measure by Tobin Frost, who Denzel is playing, goes back to what you asked earlier. It’s what we don’t know that is more terrifying than what we do know. So much goes on behind the scenes that we’ll never, ever know about and I like investigating that world.

Denzel, can you answer the proverbial question of whether or not it’s more fun to play a bad guy??

The next picture I make that’s coming out the beginning of next year is called ‘Flight’ and I play an alcoholic, drug-addicted pilot who crashes a plan but saved a lot of lives. It was the most intense film I’ve done probably in 20 years. It’s clichéd to say that a bad guy is more fun ‘cause you can say anything, you can get away with anything. Sometimes when you’re the good guy, you’re sort of trapped. ‘Oh, he can’t say that. And even when you’re playing a real person like a Steven Bilko, you’re sort of stuck within those confines. So, yeah, bad guys do have more fun.

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Introducing the Real Preachers’ Wives of Atlanta – Seriously

Oh this should be good...lol

*Move over Real Housewives of whatever and make room for the women of the cloth.

TLC is capitalizing on the latest trend of reality shows and giving the world what it really wants to see with a new series “First Ladies” of the Atlanta area churches.

With True Entertainment, the same production company behind RHOA, behind it, how could it go wrong?

“We are excited to work with TLC to profile the lives of these strong-willed women,” True Entertainment president Steven Weinstock says. “With most praise in religious communities directed towards male preachers, we are thrilled to give these remarkable ladies the spotlight they crave and deserve.”

The series will follow the women who play the role of preacher’s wives and mothers at home. The real drama is how they manage both while keeping their cool.

An airdate has yet to be announced. But they need to hurry that up because it’s bound to be a popular one.

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Yasiin Bey (Mos Def) to Star in ‘Jackie Brown’ Prequel

*Yasiin Bey, the rapper/actor formerly known as Mos Def, will star opposite John Hawkes in the Elmore Leonard adaptation “Switch,” from writer-director Dan Schechter, reports Variety.

The crime drama will serve as a prequel to Quentin Tarantino’s “Jackie Brown,” with Hawkes and Bey playing younger versions of Robert DeNiro and Samuel L. Jackson’s respective characters Louis Gara and Ordell Robbie, who appear in Leonard’s novel “Rum Punch.”

Set 15 years before the events in “Jackie Brown,” the story follows career criminals Ordell and Louis as they team up to kidnap Mickey Dawson, the wife of a corrupt Detroit real estate developer. When the husband refuses to pay the ransom for his wife’s return, the ex-cons are forced to reconceive their plan, and the angry housewife uses the duo to get her revenge.

Production is scheduled to start in May.

Bey, who recently had a recurring role on Showtime’s “Dexter,” previously starred in “The Italian Job” and “Something the Lord Made.”

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Mitt Romney: ‘I’m Not Concerned About the Very Poor’

This is exactly why we need to vote!!! Every little bit counts!!!

*Former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney said on Wednesday that as president, he will focus entirely on America’s middle class, and has no concern for the “very rich” or the “very poor.”

It’s the “very poor” part of his quote that immediately made headlines – less than 24 hours after his victory in the Florida GOP primary.

“I’m in this race because I care about Americans. I’m not concerned about the very poor. We have a safety net there. If it needs repair, I’ll fix it,” the Republican front-runner said this morning on CNN. “I’m not concerned about the very rich, they’re doing just fine. I’m concerned about the very heart of America, the 90 percent, 95 percent of Americans who right now are struggling.”

CNN’s Soledad O’Brien pressed him on his comments, adding that they may sound odd for Americans who are very poor.

“Well you had to finish the sentence, Soledad,” he replied. “I said ‘I’m not concerned about the very poor that have a safety net but if it has holes in it, I will repair them.’ The challenge right now — we will hear from the Democrat party on the plight of the poor. And there’s no question it’s not good being poor and we have a safety net to help those that are very poor. But my campaign is focused on middle-income Americans.”

“We have a very ample safety net,” said Romney. “And we can talk about whether it needs to be strengthened or whether there are holes in it. But we have food stamps, we have Medicaid, we have housing vouchers, we have programs to help the poor.”


Watch the video here:

http://www.5min.com/Video/Romney-Im-Not-Concerned-About-The-Very-Poor-517260702
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